When more is less: CGI, spectacle and the capitalist sublime

Tuck, G. (2008) When more is less: CGI, spectacle and the capitalist sublime. Science Fiction Film and Television, 1 (2). pp. 249-273. ISSN 1754-3770 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/11200

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/sfftv.1.2.4


This paper explores CGI as a mode of commodity consumption and asks to what extent the consumption of spectacle mimics the notion of the ‘sublime’ and to what extent this ‘sublime’ status can be applied to the commodity form more generally. In particular it examines the dialectic between material sensation (the realm of use) and cognitive abstraction (the realm of exchange) which mimic capital’s ideological sleight of hand which attempts to conceals the quantifiable under the exchangeable within the commodity. Close analysis suggest that such imagery cannot but revel in their ability to both literalise and fetishises number and quantity and hence negate their more properly sublime visual possibilities.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:CGI, sublime, spectacle, commodity
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:11200
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:27 Aug 2010 08:49
Last Modified:02 Dec 2016 13:17

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